Nearly US$3 billion needed to help children in need worldwide

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On 23 June 2015 in the Central African Republic, Alison, 14, reads a book beneath a makeshift shelter at the Grand Séminaire Saint Marc de Bimbo site for internally displaced people, in Bangui, the capital. Photo: UNICEF/UNI190222/Bindra

An appeal for nearly US$3 billion to help children in humanitarian emergencies worldwide has been launched by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF).

Some 43 million children around the globe are in need of help, according to the United Nations.

The bulk of the money being requested will go toward education needs.

Daniel Dickinson has the story.

For the first time ever, the largest portion of the appeal, 25 per cent, will be devoted to educating children in emergencies. 

UNICEF plans to dramatically increase the number of children in crises that have access to education – from 4.9 million at the beginning of 2015 to 8.2 million in 2016. 

More than half of that target, about 5 million children, will be Syrian.

The Children's Fund calls education a "life-saving measure" that gives kids a chance to "learn and play, amidst the carnage of gunfire and grenades".

The twin drivers of conflict and extreme weather has resulted in more and more children fleeing their homes.  As a result, UNICEF says its annual appeal has doubled over the last three years.

According to the UN, one in nine of the world's children live in a conflict zone, with millions more living under the cloud of extreme weather events.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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